On 21 June 2024, I attended the Graduation Ceremony at the Caird Hall in Dundee where I officially became Dr Price.  The point at which the Chancellor, Lord Robertson, doffed me with the Scottish Bonnet and I became a PhD graduate of the University of Dundee.  At this point, it is a fitting time to review and amend the content and style of my blog, or Critical Research Journal.  Time to depart from a record and evaluation of my journeys through an MA in Photography at Falmouth University and my PhD, to a sustainable, ongoing commentary and discussion about all things photographic.  But first a reflection on my Graduation Day.

Having spent the whole of my career working in higher education, having led the academic processions, been responsible for the management and leadership of the Graduation Ceremonies in a number of universities including Royal Holloway and the University of Bath, I knew what to expect.  But, as I sat outside the Caird Hall and watched the previous day’s ceremony end, the nerves kicked in.  On the day, knowing that I would be the last graduate to cross the stage, only increased the rumblings in my stomach!  I finally made the long walk towards the Chancellor, received the doff, and had my hood placed over my head.  There was a cheer, probably one of sympathy for being the student who had the longest wait!  The rest of the ceremony was a blur as I clutched my certificate in my sticky hand. . .  We processed, as graduates, out of the hall, and I met my supervisors for a photo opportunity with the three of us in our gowns.  To them, I wish to record here my heartfelt thanks and gratitude, for their guidance and support, through the process.  And also to my husband Bob who supported me through the dark days of thesis writing, and after returning from a day with my camera, sitting by a tiny loch in Skye in a howling gale!

I spent Graduation day with Katie, a fellow PhD student and friend, and her family.  We decided to have some contextual shots taken in various iconic locations in Dundee to provide a record of the day (with thanks to Katie’s family for taking the shots).  First stop Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx and Gnasher.

With Desperate Dan!

Gnasher with the Caird Hall, Dundee behind

You cannot get more iconic than that!

And then a contextual shot to round off the day.

Discovery and the V&A

But rather than see this post as the end of an era, the end of a long, hard journey, it is the beginning of my next adventure.  An adventure that will see this Journal change from a record of practice and academic achievement to further reflections on the theory and practice of photography.  I hope you will join me in my journey. . .

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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